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76 80 68 3 10 15
Perseverance Ale by Alaskan Brewing Co.
Russian Imperial Stout
9.00 % ABV

Stout brewed with Birch Syrup and Fireweed Honey. 

Review by tavernjef on 01/02/12  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 9 17 3 8 1989
Ebon pour and glossy. Nary a foam approaches the lift as it hits a slim tiny crown of tanned foam. A few light patches of lace are stuck about the glass.

Aroma is sweet and tangy with a milky chocolateyness and slim roasty dark fruityness tosseed about with maple and rum soaked dark dates. Yup, its got some boozy little nose kick that's nice and warm to the nose. There's a certain earthy wood tone to it that's indecipherable but its detectable in its own right. Unique and likeable.

Flavors are a tad thin for an RIS, but pretty interesting and complex in its character. Perhaps its the body that's just not pulling it in the right direction, cuz it really seems more porter-esque than RIS. Has some light smokey tones of dark fruity tang;raisin/date; and milk chocolate sweetness as a stretched out wood themed herbalness flecks about within its dark tangy sweetness. Rests a sliver of warmth and cocoa dustings in the finish as it keeps a lightly firmed tang of dark malt.

Feel's a tad thin and weakened, as noted in the taste - it does pull in some lengthy malty tang and slimming warmth that sits on the palate well enough for thorough enjoyment. But seemingly more like a milk stout or standard porter in bodyness. But just with a bit more complexity in it's flavor profile for what it offers.

A very likeable brew, enjoyable with some nice complexity that has some earthy tones and malty tanged mixing well together with a slight warming of yummyness. Not quite a RIS in my book, but that may be splitting some brewing style hairs?

Price: $9.49 Served In: Goblet

Review by Bitterbill on 12/25/11  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
68 3 7 13 4 7 2011
Purchased at The Liquor Shed in Casper for $8.99 with a sticker underneath for $12.99. Good move.

It has a timeline on the bottle:

1986-First Alaskan beer sold
1988-Alaskan Amber voted best beer in the nation (GABF)
1990-First Alaskan beer sold in lower 48
1995-New 10 barrel brewhouse
2002-Alaskan picks up 25th medal at GABF
2005-Alaskan hits 100,00 barrels
2011-Cheers to the next 25 years

On to the beer...

It pours a pitch black with a 2 finger head of tan foam and it leaves some nice lacing.

It smells roasty, bitter, sweet, getting some notes of coffee, kind of a light nose despite the diversity.

The taste is complex as hell. There's a lot of sweet notes some spice, I'm assuming the fireweed honey is coming into play here; big roasted and burnt malts, almost like charcoal that you get off of a bbq, and coffee grounds, with a strange flavour that must be the birch syrup..I googled it and that spice IS from the birch. Quite a unique array of different tastes that at various times during the session sometimes works and sometimes doesn't.

I've got mixed feelings about this beer and it's going to be tough for me to rate it properly.

Medium, close to full bodied with low levels of carbonation, it certainly has a nice mouthfeel but the ample alcohol is now kicking in and the sips are getting slower and slower. I think I'll cellar my other 2 bottles and see what happens.

Overall, worth picking up and giving it a go now and down the road..

Price: $8.99 Served In: Pint Glass

Review by younger35 on 09/11/11  
Score Appearance Smell Taste Mouthfeel Overall Impression Year
80 3 9 15 5 8 2011
Picked up a bottle of this randomly in a small beer store near my house. Alaska Brewing is one of my all time favorites and I’m very excited to try this. Drank from my Darkness snifter.

Appearance- Pours a very dark brownish black with a nice frothy one finger dark brown head. A beautiful cap and collar remain the entire beer along with just a touch of lacing.
Smell- Loads of dark chocolaty malts that are well roasted and plenty charred. Maybe it’s the birch syrup or fireweed honey but there is a definite woody sort of earthiness to the smell. Maybe a touch of smoked malt is used too because I get a touch. Some dark fruits sneak in along with a bit of brown sugar and caramel.
Taste- Very interesting. I’m assuming that odd sort of woody smokiness I get is from smoked malts and the birch syrup (or maybe just the birch syrup? I don’t know what it tastes like). As I read a bit about the beer on I see it does have some of their house Alder smoked malts in it. The beer is lightly sweet but not overly so with hints of black licorice and molasses. Maybe a extremely light touch of those dark fruits I got whiffs of in the nose but they are fleeting. The beer is very earthy overall and the 9% is very well hidden into the finish.
Mouthfeel- Nice rich feel that’s not syrupy or too thick. Amazing luscious feel for being 9%. Not much heat from the beer as the mouthfeel is literally almost perfect.
Drinkability- A very unique flavored beer. It’s very earthy and the flavors are unlike anything I’ve had before. I was afraid it was going to be a bit too sweet to be drinkable but that wasn’t the case at all. I had no trouble with this bottle. Maybe not the greatest RIS of all time but interesting and easy drinking (all things considered).

Price: $8.99 Served In: Snifter

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